WW Food and Point Issues - Day 4 of points system HELP!!!

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01-22-2010, 12:58 PM
ok so im on day 4. Does this really work??? im just curious bc this is actually really hard! anyone have any tips for me like things i can eat so im not hungry all the time??? i feel like all i can think about is food lol it horrible lol but im willing to make this work so maybe if someone could help me out and give me some tips or advice it would make things crazy easier!! thank you so much!

01-22-2010, 01:11 PM
I've lost 44 pounds since Sept doing WW. If you're still hungry, try eating more whole foods as opposed to processed foods. Lots of veggies are zero points and will fill you up!!

I hate veggies, so I'm not one to talk, but it's a strategy... Stick with it and you'll get where you want to go.

And track, track, track!! That's the key!!

01-22-2010, 01:27 PM
In the past, I've lost around 50lbs. on the points system. That was about 8 years ago, and I'm back for round two. I've been on plan for about 5 weeks, and I've lost a little over 10lbs in that time. It does work if you stay on plan. The trick is in finding the "filling foods" that keep you satisfied.

Definitely eat more filling foods, including lean protein. Remember that the points value listed for meats are cooked weights (so take that into consideration when you measure your portions).

I also find that beans are a miracle food. I always cook one big pot of beans per week and make some sort of soup or stew out of them. They pair well with many veggies, and the bean-veggie combo is filling for me. The vegetarian recipes on this site can give you some good ideas.

This past week for me was a big hunger week for me, so I can totally sympathize with your situation. I was ill, so I couldn't earn Activity Points (which result in more points for food). When I was super hungry, I ate low-fat popcorn or low-points soup. I also find that drinking herbal teas from Celestial Seasoning can ward off hunger (they're flavored, so they seem like a treat even through they're 0 calories).

For breakfast (or any meal), try one of the popular egg dishes that are low points. For instance, 1/2 cup of egg beaters (1 pt.) + 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Lite (1 pt.) + 2 pieces high fibre, low=fat bread (1 pt.) is a pretty filling meal 3pt meal. To cook the egg beaters, put them and the cheese in a mug (sprayed with pam) and microwave it for 1-2 minutes. It comes out in a big puffy mass that looks like a lot of food (see the hungry girl website for more details about "egg mugs").

Do you find that you're hungry all the time? Or just certain times of the day? Also, I think that some people find that it takes about 2 weeks for your body and appetite to adjust. Give it a bit of time. Hang in there. You can do it!!

(Oh -- and are you eating your 35 flex points? If not, eat them!)

Finally, it's totally normal to think about food all the time when one changes anything in his/her eating habits. Food psychologists have studied this quite a bit. In other words, you're going through the normal course of things, and you just need to hang in there -- if you do, you will succeed :-)

01-22-2010, 01:34 PM
It can be difficult to adjust to if you're used to eating 'out of bounds', so to speak.
My biggest tip would be to think about everything you put in your mouth and to LISTEN to your body when it's full. I eat as many times a day as I want - as soon as I feel like I need something I eat. But I also stop as soon as I'm satisfied. This meant putting back the third piece of pizza :(

I've been playing with WW for about 2 weeks and have lost 10 pounds as of yesterday.

Make sure youre eating ENOUGH - there's really no reason to be hungry if you're eating enough of the right foods. Do some more exploring on 3FC to read what some of the other members eat for meals and snacks.

01-22-2010, 01:37 PM
OH..and I also wanted to add - make sure you're eating protein. A lot of people (including myself) find that eating protein at each meal curbs hunger big time. I usually have oatmeal with breakfast, cottage cheese with lunch, and meat for dinner.

01-22-2010, 02:36 PM
I also do WW. I find that I just need to be able to eat pretty much all day! I keep baggies of raw veggies around to snack on, almonds are a good snack too. For breakfast sometimes I eat a baggie full of kashi cereal (the cinnamon harvest) and a piece of those individually wrapped 1 oz slices of 2% cheese. But yeah, I need to be able to "graze" all day soemtimes, so I just make sure I have stuff on hand. I take a day on the weekend and divide all my stuff into single serving baggies or whatever so it's easy to grab and go. Frozen stir fry veggies save my life. A whole bag only has a couple points and I'll just throw them in a skillet with a little stir fry or soy sauce. They take like 5 minutes to cook and I'll eat close to the whole bag. Sometimes I'll get crazy and make brown rice with it, but a lot of times I just eat the veggies.

01-22-2010, 05:16 PM
you ladies are LIFESAVERS!!!! thank you soooo much for all the advice! the stuff you guys said to eat i guess i never really thought about eating. its like im almost scared to eat bc i dont wanna let myself get any bigger......i know i know when you dont eat and you starve yourself your body stores the fight, i get it. lol also do you all weigh yourselves every week or everyday??? im really new to this whole eating healthy thing as you can see by my weight lol i really would love to stay in touch with all of you threw this journey you all are great!!!
**spreading pound shedding dust on all of you!!! keep up the great progress!

01-22-2010, 06:52 PM
Reread your week one materials. You must get the 9 HGs in every day to be on program. Last week we discussed FILLING FOODS in the meeting and planned 10 meals that were just filling foods into our plan this week. I'm always full when I concentrate on FF. As you can see from my stats, the program works very, very well.

01-22-2010, 07:21 PM
Thanks for the pound shedding dust:dizzy:

In answer to your question about weighing every day vs. every week: sometimes (for me) it just depends. If I go to the gym, I will weigh myself every time I go. For me, this is just information. As long as I'm on plan, I don't react to it negatively (I KNOW that WW works as long as I'm consistent with it).

But I don't have a scale at home because I CAN get obsessive about weighing myself and really, the fit of my clothes tells me more than a scale.

I say, do what works for you! :D

01-23-2010, 08:46 AM
you ladies are amazing!!!!! WEll i figure I;m going to weigh myself every sat morning at work. So I weighed this morning and lost 4.5 lbs this week!!!! you have no idea how exciting and motivating that was when i saw that!!! well then again you all do know exciting that is.

Quilter~ Congrats on your accomplishment!!!!!!! Thats amazing!!! Im not currently technically in WW so I need a little help lol Im just trying to follow the plan......but thank you!!!

01-23-2010, 09:18 AM
I was so happy for you this morning when I read that you lost 4.5 pounds.
I think the biggest key is to not be afraid to eat - just make the right decisions.
One of the greatest things about changing your lifestyle v. being 'on a diet' is that you have an opportunity to explore so many new and exciting foods.
I looooove to eat. Now I looove to eat healthy! I was amazed that after two weeks I no longer WANT McDonalds or Burger King..I WANT homecooked meals!
I'm originally from Ohio - Toledo and Mount Vernon. I'd love to stay in touch :) I'm just starting out a couple of weeks ago as well.

01-23-2010, 09:23 AM
YES!!! definatley we will stay in touch!!!! do you have a facebook or anything??? I actually went to Univ of Toledo for 2 years...lucky u moved to NC lol Ohio is kind of a dead end state.......but its home ya know. I was the BK Queen!!! lol now not so much! I actually had a really filling great dinner last night my bf made me shishkabobs w lean chicken green peppers and onions and mushrooms........omg AMAZING!!!! to be completely honest i was soooo scared of weighing this morning...but i did it and didnt put it off and voila a improvement!!!! Did you happen to read my post called "I'm ready, Im doing this for myself" or something like that lol if you could read it and give me some feedback that would be great!!!!

01-23-2010, 09:25 AM
how do i get those cute lil tracker thingy majiggys

01-23-2010, 09:49 AM
Girl it definately works i was on ww back in high school and lost a ton of weight! I've just recently found my new lifesaver! If you have a super target near you they are in the frozen organic section they are called vitatops!!! Omg the chocolate are wonderful and since they have 6g of fiber in them they keep you full for a couple of hours and only 1 Pt. Well good luck and keep in touch!

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01-23-2010, 09:51 AM
oh and about the trackers...they have a block on them until you have been a member for 20 days and have at least 20 posts!! i just got mine this morning and ive been waiting for it! Just look forward to the fact that once you get one you will have already lost some weight! http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar-leopard/slider-pig/lb/211/141/204.4/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

01-23-2010, 10:32 AM
OMG i didnt know they had a SUPER TARGET!!! i have a super wal mart so i will def look for those!!! thank you so much!!

01-23-2010, 10:43 AM
well since your going to super wal mart then look for holsum light wheat buns only 1 point each and also a life saver i make all my sandwiches on one of those and its less points than eating 2 slices of bread! i have also been eating a lot of dreamfields pasta with boneless skinless chicken breast and i make a fettuccinni sauce in my blender out of fat free cottage cheese and low fat evaporated milk and keep it in my refrigerator and add it to pasta very very low cal and wonderful

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01-23-2010, 10:49 AM
yummmmm! thats sounds great! see i need tips like this!! VERY HELPFUL

01-23-2010, 10:59 AM
ok officially friends lmao now that we r facebook buddies lol :)

01-24-2010, 12:57 AM
I second the Vitatop suggestion. They feel like a delicious treat, and one little muffin top is super filling because of the protein and fiber. I have them as snacks and find they make this whole thing so much easier. I also use the corn ones as a side with my 99% fat-free chili. Such a filling meal!

Good luck. :-)

01-24-2010, 04:26 PM
yum i love chili!!! could you post the recipe?? lol now im excited lol

01-24-2010, 05:49 PM
I actually buy the canned stuff; Dennison's 99% fat-free chili with beef. It's often on sale, and is so good! The whole can is six points, 1 more point for the corn muffin, and it's a good meal to eat when you're feeling really hungry. So filling.

01-24-2010, 07:25 PM

01-24-2010, 07:36 PM
Another thing that I thought I'd mention...

I am seriously addicted to fast food. So I used the Hungry Girl (http://www.hungry-girl.com/) website and searched for some of my favorite fast foods. Like tonight? I'm making a "Crunchwrap" like Taco Bell's only FAR healthier. It really helps me to stay on plan, if I can have a healthy version of my beloved junk.

01-25-2010, 12:53 AM
o my goodness thanks!!!! that will def help me alot bc i 2 am a fast food junkie even though i feel like GARBAGE after i eat it!! lol

01-26-2010, 12:35 AM
If you don't mind cooking, I can recommend 2 cookbooks with lots of low-cal recipes and most of them are really filling. One is Hungry Girl's 200 recipes for less than 200 calories. The other is the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook.

I also agree with the other ladies who've replied. If you stick to foods that aren't highly processed or are "lean" you'll find yourself not as hungry. High fiber foods help to fill you up and keep you filled up. A few foods that I absolutely love on WW are:
Ole High-Fiber Tortillas, Apples, Yogurt, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Salads, Wishbone Italian Dressing Spray, Olive Oil Spray, Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Frozen Fruit, Hungry Jack High Fiber Pancake Mix, 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Agave Nectar and Parmesean Cheese.

These are all really low in points and are staples in my fridge and pantry. I have more, but I can't think of any off-hand.

Good luck on WW, it really works, you just have to stick with it. This is my 3 attempt and I know that this time I'm going to succeed :)

01-26-2010, 11:21 AM
Jaime~ thanks for the advice I actually just ordered the Hungry Girl cookbook. annnnnd i just bought the italian dressing spray. not to shabby i must say! I;m finding after reading and taking everyones advice im not nearly as hungry as i was 4 days ago lol Im on day 9 and still going strong!!! We are about the same size we should def stay in touch and conquer this thing together!!! :)

01-26-2010, 08:18 PM
Nikki -
I've done WW 3x now, and I've learned that I am more full when I eat a better breakfast. Egg white omelets with ham and veggies are DELICIOUS.

Don't forget to buy some fun spices to mix things up: "Nature's Seasons" make cucumbers so tasty, even my kids are eating them!

I add creole seasoning (a tiny bit) to my egg white omelets, and most of my veggies all have lemon pepper on them or something. I love bringing out loud flavors!

You're probably finding that you're not quite as hungry this week as when you started, right? Nice weight loss so far. Don't back off the plan! You're doing great!

01-28-2010, 02:28 AM
Jaime~ thanks for the advice I actually just ordered the Hungry Girl cookbook. annnnnd i just bought the italian dressing spray. not to shabby i must say! I;m finding after reading and taking everyones advice im not nearly as hungry as i was 4 days ago lol Im on day 9 and still going strong!!! We are about the same size we should def stay in touch and conquer this thing together!!! :)

totally, feel free to pm me whenever. if you want, just pm me and i'll give you my email so we can keep in touch there too

01-28-2010, 02:57 PM
prob a stupid ? but how do you pm??? i cant seem to find anything anywhere that will let me

01-28-2010, 05:28 PM
I really believe (and know) that the WW points system works. I've walked so many friends through the program and once you get on track and stay on track you WILL lose the weight. I am an old hat at this. I put on 70 pounds twice during pregnancy and always lost the weight on POINTS. It's a science to me now. I've listed below MY guidelines for myself. They've really worked for me - maybe they could work for you too!

These are my rules:

-8 glasses of water a day - for sure!
-No boxed foods...all Lean Cuisines, burgers, pizzas...ANYTHING IN A BOX...none.
-Buy only fresh meats, fish and vegetables
-Stick to WW bread products
-Eat white rice vs. whole wheat (1/2 cup cooked white rice is 2 pts)
-Minimal fruit - no more that 2 pieces per day
-Cut back on alcohol. If you want a drink stick to vodka and soda.
-No carbonated drinks - eg. Perrier or diet coke etc.
-Eat protein...chicken and eggs
-No processed meats!!!!!